CORNING - Katheryn Baker was one of about 100 people who enjoyed a free Christmas Day dinner Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

“I think this is just wonderful,” said Baker, a longtime church member. “I’ve been coming to this event for many years. All the food is from donations and it’s an event for anyone that’s going to be alone on Christmas Day. It’s just great.”

In the true spirit of the holiday, dozens of volunteers rose early Christmas morning to prepare a feast of turkey with stuffing, green beans, potatoes, rolls, cranberry and other fixings, topped off by pies for dessert.

Curt Neuner, a volunteer who helped prepare the food, said the turnout at the event, the 43rd free Christmas Day dinner at the church, was outstanding.

“That’s what we like to see,” Neuner said. “We want everyone to come and eat Christmas dinner with others and have a good Christmas Day.”

Vanessa Gerow, who enjoyed the dinner with her two young children, Nyla and Zane, said she was glad her family was able to come to have dinner with others on Christmas.

“Honestly, I think it’s very nice,” said Gerow, who has multiple sclerosis and does not drive a vehicle. “They came and got us, and brought us here to have Christmas dinner. That means a lot.”

Pastor Jeff Ugoretz said just prior to the Christmas Day meal, about 65 people sang songs and worshiped at the church.

“This is the first time we’ve done that,” Ugoretz said. “I thought that went very well. Caroling before we ate the meal was important and gave everyone a chance to worship on Christmas Day.”

Barbara Sammis, a volunteer said about 40 volunteers were involved with preparing food, setting up the dining hall, serving the food and cleaning up afterward and providing needed transportation.

“We want everyone to be able to come to have Christmas Dinner,” Sammis said.